Insurance companies and police departments track dog bite cases. It is clear that dog bites are not uncommon nor underestimated in importance. Alabama courts and insurance companies order payments and settlements to dog bite victims regularly.
Do not underestimate the pain and suffering caused by dog bites. If a dog owned by another person has bitten and harmed you, seek legal representation. Your lawyer will file a dog bite claim, seek compensation for your injuries, and hold the dog owner accountable.
The Average Settlement from a Dog Bite in Alabama
The average settlement from a dog bite in Alabama is over $43,000 according to a national tracking of dog bite data. That being said, average dog bite settlements vary drastically since they depend on a number of factors.
Alabama Dog Bite Laws Affecting Dog Bite Settlements
Every state has laws allowing a person injured by a dog bite to seek justice under certain conditions. Section 3-6-1 of Alabama Statutes regulates dog bites in our state. This law says, in part, that if a dog bites or injures any person who is at a location where they have a legal right to be, the owner of the dog is responsible for the costs and perhaps even the trauma from the attack.
However, the statute does not end there. Numerous Alabama court cases address dog bites and help interpret dog bite laws. When you hire an experienced dog bite attorney for your dog bite claim, they will evaluate all legal considerations. These may include:
- Finding out who owns the property where the bite occurred;
- Determining the legitimate owner of the dog and who controlled the dog at the time of the incident;
- Investigating whether the dog owner had previous knowledge of the animal’s dangerous nature;
- Analyzing trespass laws applicable to the case;
- Reviewing existing homeowners or renters insurance for the parties involved; and
- Determining the likelihood of a contributory negligence argument (an argument that the victim was one of the causes of the accident).
The legal and insurance implications are elaborate. An attorney needs to hear your side of the story, then apply this information to those facts. The lawyers at Fob James Law Firm are ready to begin the process of helping you get the compensation you deserve.
What to Do If You Are Bitten or Attacked by a Dog
Here at Fob James Law Firm, we are concerned about the health, safety, and legal rights of citizens of our community. If a dog has bitten you or someone you love, please seek medical care. Medical attention is urgent if a stray dog bit you, you have multiple bites, or you are experiencing psychological trauma.
Also, report the incident to the police. You can call 911 or the non-emergency line if the situation is under control. Once you feel safe, contact us.
You have a right to be compensated for your injuries. We want to help you. Please do not agree to settle your claim with the dog owner without first speaking with us. We will investigate the reports and handle all settlement and legal actions so you get the compensation that you deserve
Contact Our Alabama Dog Bite Lawyers Today
If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, call our dog bite lawyers at Fob James Law Firm Today.
Our practice focuses on personal injury cases in Alabama and Florida. We have significant experience in dog bite cases and traumatic injuries. We don’t use case managers. We focus on each client. When you hire us, we commit to giving you the highest level of legal representation. For a free case review, contact us today.